December 20th, 2014

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63 UK Christmas No.1s - 2004

Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas

"Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released by Band Aid on 28 November 1984.

A third version of the song was recorded by Band Aid 20 in November 2004 for the twentieth anniversary of the original recording, and again got to No. 1. The idea was prompted by Coldplay singer Chris Martin, although Geldof and Ure both got quickly involved. Geldof did the publicity and educated the younger artists on the issues (some of the artists weren't born when the original was recorded) while Ure assisted producer Nigel Godrich and filmed the event for the corresponding documentary.

This version of the song featured an extra segment—a rap by Dizzee Rascal in the midst of the "here's to you" section. Bono arrived at the recording to sing the same line as two decades earlier, making him the sixth artist to appear on two versions, in addition to Geldof, Ure, Paul McCartney, Sarah Dallin and Keren Woodward (Bananarama).

Organisers and producers:

Midge Ure – organiser
Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis) – producer
Bob Geldof – producer
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz)


Danny Goffey (Supergrass) – (drums)
Thom Yorke – (piano) and Jonny Greenwood – (guitar) – (Radiohead)
Sir Paul McCartney – bass guitar
Justin Hawkins and Dan Hawkins (The Darkness) – guitar
Brian May (Queen) – guitar
Roger Taylor – drums (Queen)
Phil Collins – drums (Genesis)
Ron Mael – keyboards (Sparks)


Tim Wheeler (Ash)
Daniel Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield
Bono (U2)
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Dido – performed separately from a studio in Melbourne
Dizzee Rascal – the only artist to add lyrics to the song
Ms Dynamite
Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy)
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness)
Tom Chaplin (Keane)
Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
Beverley Knight
Shaznay Lewis (formerly of All Saints)
Katie Melua
Róisín Murphy (Moloko)
Snow Patrol
Rachel Stevens
Joss Stone
The Thrills
Turin Brakes
Robbie Williams – performed separately from a studio in Los Angeles
Will Young
Weird Al Yankovic – performed separately from a studio in Lynwood
Russell Mael (Sparks)
Fran Healy (Travis)
Fraser Stone
George Cave
Fraser Aitken
Felix Pivcevic

I can't believe there isn't a full official video of this song on youtube!!
Blue Red

63 UK Christmas No.1s - 2005

Shayne Ward - That's My Goal

"That's My Goal" is the debut single by English singer Shayne Ward, the winner of the second series of The X Factor. It was released as his winner's single on 21 December 2005. Ward is the only X Factor winner to release an original song as his winner's single; all other winners have released a cover version of another song. "That's My Goal" was later included on Ward's debut studio album, Shayne Ward (2006).

The song sold 313,000 copies in its first two days of sales, making it the fastest-selling song of 2005. It sold a further 429,180 copies in this five-day period, which was more than enough to secure the 2005 Christmas number one. It remained at the top of the UK Singles Chart for a total of four weeks and stayed in that chart for five months. It has been ceritified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 600,000 copies. "That's My Goal" remains the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single of all time and the third fastest-selling song of all time in the UK.

"That's My Goal" was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Jem Godfrey and Bill Padley and produced by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger. It was first heard in the final of the second series of The X Factor, where it was performed by both Ward and eventual runner-up, Andy Abraham. The single was released via digital download straight after Ward won, but the CD single was not released until 21 December 2005, which was a Wednesday. This was unusual as most new singles are released on a Monday to gain maximum sales for the UK Singles Chart the following Sunday. The late release was because the CD single was not yet ready when Ward was announced as the winner on Saturday 17 December, and delaying the song's release until the next week would mean the song would not be a contender for the Christmas number one.

The song sold 313,000 copies in its first two days of sales, making it the third fastest-selling single of all time (behind Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" and Will Young's "Evergreen"). On 25 December 2005, after selling almost 750,000 in its first week on sale, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and became the 2005 Christmas number one. This made Ward the first X Factor winner to achieve the Christmas number one spot, as Band Aid 20's version of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" took the title in 2004. "That's My Goal" sold a further 132,000 the following week and stayed at number one. The song made it three weeks at the top on 8 January 2006, selling 54,192 copies that week. In its fourth week of release, the song was again top of the UK charts, selling 31,724 copies to bring its total to 960,360. On 22 January, "That's My Goal" was finally knocked off the top spot by Arctic Monkeys' "When the Sun Goes Down".

"That's My Goal" was the second biggest-selling single of 2005 in the UK, beaten only by "Is This the Way to Amarillo" by Tony Christie and Peter Kay.  It is also the fastest-selling X Factor winner's single. It has been ceritified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 600,000 copies. As of 2014, it is one of 154 million-selling singles in the UK, having sold 1.1 million copies.

In the Republic of Ireland, the song debuted at number three on the Irish Singles Chart on 22 December 2005, behind a novelty version of "Leave Right Now" by Mario Rosenstock (a parody of the original by Will Young) and "JCB" by Nizlopi.  In its third week, however, "That's My Goal" finally gained the number one spot and remained there for a total of seven weeks. The song also reached number eight in Sweden.